So me and three friends started playing pathfinder (I also joined in as a character which I know is odd for a GM, but I'll admit, it's quite easy to run him with the other characters, anywho...), I set up a good starter mission for them but I admit the village they started in is pretty basic and none of the npc's are fleshed out.
Basically they have an entire world to explore that is currently in the era of advanced firearms and airships, but how do you organize it? With so many thousands of towns and cities, shops, people and dungeons how can you keep track of what is where without becoming cluttered and disorganized?
eg, how do you keep inventory of each shop the heroes come across? How do you determine a dungeon's overall CR and decide what monsters and traps lay within? how do you keep tabs of all the people your character's know? How do you keep tabs on what items have what effect?
I don't know, if there was a condensed summary for goods and magic items (plus what effects they have when consumed)then at least managing the shop portion would grow easier. I just felt a bit overwhelmed my first few times, so I ended the session a few months back, but I think I'm ready to take the reins again. It's just really hard to write missions and create characters while simultaneously having to keep track of where the characters have been and what is still there when they return.
Keeping track of people, places and things is not a strong forte of mine.
If anyone can offer me a program that allows me to organize each town better or can offer me a more summarized list of consumables and items it would be most appreciated.
Also, each of my friends wants to create a career path for themselves, build a house and start a business. I thought an interesting and less permanent way for them all to set up shop would be to run an alchemical caravan, basically an alchemically powered cart pulling other carts in tow behind that contain the essentials for running their separate businesses. (eg, the alchemically powered cart also functions as a blacksmithing furnace, the cart behind it is for treasure and goods, the cart behind that contains scrolls, books magic items and alchemical supplies and the cart behind that is for allies and travellers to rest in while on the road)
Anyways, tell me what you think, I am in desperate need of suggestions. :P